Oct. 11, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. -
Twelve new faces and a solid returning core highlight NC State head coach Brooks Teal's 2010-11 men's swimming and diving team. The Wolfpack returns 15 letterwinners from last year's squad, which hit eight NCAA "B" cut qualifying standards, recorded five all-time top-10 swims and set one school record. Dan Forsythe set a school record in the 100 breaststroke and swam the fourth-best 200 breaststroke in program history, while Brandon Kingston posted top-10 all-time marks in the 1650 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Greg Baskwell, Ben Mechak and Sean Reams all have top-10 school marks of their own from previous tours of duty.
Mechak stands as the Pack's top returning option in backstroke events, having swam the fastest 100 backstroke on the team last year, and the second-quickest 200 backstroke. Nick Schauer has established a solid resume, while Jimmy Ross and Facundo Monteiro each carry another year of experience. Ivan Kopas is expected to compete immediately for the Wolfpack after transferring from Stony Brook, where he won conference titles in both backstroke events a year ago. Kohl Hurdle will look to break into the ranks as well.
Forsythe returns as one of the top breaststroke swimmers in school history and will front the corps yet again, while Baskwell posted the second-fastest time on the year in both breaststroke events last year. Apart from that duo, the rest of the breaststroke rotation will have a brand new feel as Ian Bishop, Maxim Litvinov, Jake Matysek and Andrew Tollefson will look to make a dent in their first season with the program.
Reams and Mike Seiferth have enjoyed sound careers thus far in butterfly events for the Wolfpack, while Tyler Mills and Daniel Basler will continue to provide depth and experience. Newcomer Barrett Miesfeld will make an immediate impact, having set the high school 100 butterfly record for Arizona 4A Division II, while Gabe Davis should fall into the rotation immediately as well.
Kingston had a breakout freshman season in distance freestyle events and will look to solidify his career, while Brian Via will attempt to follow in his footsteps and make a name for himself.
Chris Arcara and Hudson Rains will strive to improve upon their craft in all three diving events, both having competed at the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships last season.
Baskwell, Basler Reams, Ross and Schauer all return experience and expertise in the individual medley events, while Kingston posted the second-fastest time last season in the 400 individual medley. Five new additions - Bishop, Hurdle, Litvinov, Matysek and Miesfeld - carry the potential to shake up the rotation.
Kingston stands as the top returning contributor in mid-distance freestyle events, while Gaites Brown has added multiple scoring performances and owns a share of the school record in the 800-freestyle relay. Matt Thomas and Davis will both pitch in to strengthen and add depth to the Pack's performance.
Conor Brennan and Brown have already established themselves as top-flight sprint freestyle swimmers, while Jonathan Boffa, Joe Martin, Bishop and Miesfeld will attempt to do the same.